Ricketson and Ice partnered with McKinney K-9 handler Aaron Howell and his police dog in the contest, which featured about 20 other canine-handler teams. Each team was required to conduct indoor/outdoor vehicle searches for narcotics. The two handler-canine units working together placed first in the narcotics category teams contest.
The USPCA Region 20 Detector Dog and Police Department I Trials were held March 11-15 in Texarkana. U.S. Police Canine Association is the biggest and oldest organization of its kind. The group’s motto is “ever striving for the betterment of all police K-9.”
The USPCA trails and certifications feature police canines who attend the annual conference to attain certification or renew certifications in their particular specialty areas, which enable them to be working police canine-handler teams. Officers could certify or register their canine to compete in patrol dog I, narcotics, explosive and tracking. Various individual and team events were hosted in those areas. The regional trials feature canines and handlers from across Regional 20 which encompasses Northeast Texas.
Both SSPD Lt. Cleve “Buddy” Williams, former coordinator for the police department’s canine division, and Ricketson also serve as members of the USPCA Region 20 board. Ricketson is vice president and Williams a trustee, according to the group’s website.
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